Fitness Fig is basically always busy spreading her Figness all over the ‘net.She’s got no particular qualifications (MizFit note: her words not mine) other than having already packed a lot of living into just 34 years and being way too willing to start something new (again and again).She calls herself fat but fit but looks forward to a day when she will just be plain fit. She blogs most days over at FitnessFig.com but has also just started a little networking site called Fit at Home for fans of home fitness (DVDs, treadmills, bikes, weights, whatevs)
LOSE THE GUILT
How often do you hear people trying to lose weight talk about feeling guilty when they eat something yummy or miss a workout? I have lots of friends who are trying to lose weight, or at least maintain their current weight or trying to gain more muscle. So many times their talk about nutrition and exercise is painfully interwoven with ideas of sin, guilt, and failure. Just one cookie or one missed cardio session will send them into paroxysms of guilt and self-disappointment. I think the dieting industry has encouraged this kind of thinking-playing off our Judeo-Christian heritage and guilt tendencies. It makes sense for them-we feel guilty about our weight or our behavior so we buy their products or books to try to redeem ourselves.
Part of the guilt trips of weight loss is the allure of the forbidden. Suddenly a simple chocolate chip cookie becomes a secret delight. Foods branded as “naughty” become more than foods. It’s almost as if they have power over us. Our only recourse is to ban them completely and control everything we put in our mouth. But for many of us, that only elevates the forbidden foods even more and we start to crave them. Then when we give in and have a taste we end up bingeing.
I’ve been there, too. I am a yo-yo dieter. I know it and I’m fighting it. Obviously I’d like to lose weight and keep it off. A couple of pregnancies hasn’t helped, of course, but even 3 years after giving birth, I tend to gain and lose the same 20 pounds. I have tried numerous diets and dieting websites. Sometimes I lose a bit, then I stall out, and then I start gaining again. I let my emotions go haywire along with my weight and next thing you know, I’m guilt-ridden and overeating anyway. But you know what? I am through with the guilt. It is NOT helping. And I’m through with the dieting.
So I’ve been thinking about this sinful eating issue, and it brought to mind another aspect of my religious heritage-what does a sinner need? Forgiveness. Who can forgive me for eating my weight in chocolate chip cookies or skipping my planned workouts two days in a row? I CAN. I don’t want to eat a cookie and then go on a major guilt trip to Depression with a side trip to Binge-town.
So what do you think? Do you want to kick guilt to the curb with me or do you feel you need to hang on to it to keep you in line?